IT professionals were asked to consider upcoming changes and trends in the IT industry and what was most likely to keep them awake at night? The qualitative answers were a mix of the predictable through to some thoughtful ideas on longer term issues ranging from the ability to respond effectively to the need for digital transformation, alongside the difficulty of keeping all the organisation on the same page in terms of the change culture and attitude to risk that digital transformation will require.
Other problem areas likely to keep people awake were:
• Risks from Internet of Things devices added to existing cyber risks
• Widespread incorrect understanding of governance
• The dearth of good engineers coming through the ranks
• Losing development and delivery capability in the UK because companies are not investing or believing in the UK
• An inability to retain graduate staff, allied with the poor quality of university graduates who don’t have the knowledge needed to slot into the enterprise.
It’s probably no surprise then that information security (59 per cent), along with cloud computing (48 per cent) and mobile computing, including BYOD (34 per cent), are the top priorities for many organisations over the next 12 months.
Adam Thilthorpe, BCS Director for Professionalism said, ‘This is the fifth year that we have conducted the research helping us to build a picture that is showing that some issues remain key in the concerns of a digital leader. It also demonstrates the waxing and waning of terms that tend to populate Gartner’s hype cycle picture.’